Eurostar reports busiest ever year following Amsterdam launch

Eurostar reports busiest ever year following Amsterdam launch

Eurostar has reported record sales revenues and passenger numbers for 2018, underpinned by a buoyant business travel market, strong US traveller numbers and the launch of a new service between London and Amsterdam.

Some 11 million passengers travelled by Eurostar in 2018, representing a seven per cent increase compared with 2017 and the highest ever number of travellers in a single year.

This year marks the celebration of 25 years of Eurostar with over 190 million passengers since services began in 1994.

Sales revenues increased by 12 per cent year-on-year, to £989 million, while the company today reported a preliminary unaudited operating profit of £97 million in 2018.

The business travel market grew by 12 per cent in 2018, testament to the enduring popularity of Eurostar’s Business Premier service which offers travellers complete flexibility, ten-minute check-in and a range of sustainable menu options on board in partnership with Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc.

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The number of US travellers incorporating the Eurostar experience in their tour of Europe also increased in 2018.

US passenger numbers grew by seven per cent year-on-year, with travellers continuing to enjoy the ease, speed and convenience of the high-speed rail link between Europe’s most iconic capital cities.

New Amsterdam

Leisure traffic last year was boosted by the success of Eurostar’s new service between London and Amsterdam.

The high-speed rail link between London and the Netherlands, which marks its first anniversary next month, has seen over a quarter of a million passengers travelling since launch in April last year.

To meet consumer demand, Eurostar has put tickets on sale for a third daily service starting in June this year and committed to introducing additional services as soon as the governments have put border controls in place for the Amsterdam-London leg of the journey.

Mike Cooper, chief executive, Eurostar, said: “Over the last 25 years Eurostar has led the way in cross-Channel travel, cementing the links between the UK and mainland Europe.

“The popularity of our new service between London and Amsterdam shows the growing appetite among customers for international high-speed rail travel and a sustainable alternative to the airlines.”